From CETA to JEEPA - the variations in the "Trade and Sustainable Development" provisions in EU Free Trade Agreements

September 7, 2018
Eurogroup for Animals, Transport & Environment, Fern and CONCORD

Since the debates around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and the ratification of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade (CETA) Agreement, it has become clear that a new approach is needed for the “Trade and Sustainable Development” (TSD) chapters contained in EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). The debates correctly identified a need for TSD chapters to deliver concrete measurable positive results, and for EU trade policy to ensure that it does not harm human, social and labour rights, the environment and animals.

A new ratification process has started with the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (JEEPA), and it is time to take stock of the progress achieved by the EU in the various TSD chapters and ensure it protects forests and respects human rights. 

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